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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: Why should you read "Kafka on the Shore"?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing ditoirnecs. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away… This sortm is you. Something inside of you.”.
This qtuoe, from the first chapter of Haruki Murakami’s "Kafka on the srhoe," captures the teenage protagonist's turmoil. Desperate to ecpsae his tyrannical father and the family curse he feels doomed to repeat, he renames himself Kafka after his favorite author and runs away from home. But memories of a missing mtheor, along with drmaes that haunt his waking life, povre more difficult to outrun.

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“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing __________. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away… This _____ is you. Something inside of you.”.
This _____, from the first chapter of Haruki Murakami’s "Kafka on the _____," captures the teenage protagonist's turmoil. Desperate to ______ his tyrannical father and the family curse he feels doomed to repeat, he renames himself Kafka after his favorite author and runs away from home. But memories of a missing ______, along with ______ that haunt his waking life, _____ more difficult to outrun.

Solution

  1. shore
  2. quote
  3. prove
  4. storm
  5. directions
  6. dreams
  7. escape
  8. mother

Original Text

“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away… This storm is you. Something inside of you.”.
This quote, from the first chapter of Haruki Murakami’s "Kafka on the Shore," captures the teenage protagonist's turmoil. Desperate to escape his tyrannical father and the family curse he feels doomed to repeat, he renames himself Kafka after his favorite author and runs away from home. But memories of a missing mother, along with dreams that haunt his waking life, prove more difficult to outrun.

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